Marion Osborne

Obituary of Marion Shikamura Osborne

Marion Shikamura Osborne

Marion T. Shikamura, M.D. (Mrs. Maurice M. Osborne, Jr.) died unexpectedly on Sept. 24/25, 2021, at Palo Alto Commons, 4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, California, aged 92.  

Born on June 23, 1929, in San Jose, California, to Takeo and Helen Shikamura, she lived briefly in Morenci, Arizona, and Los Angeles, before spending most of her childhood in Sunnyvale, California, where her family cultivated 10 acres of apricots, and where her father based his practice as a land surveyor and civil engineer.

During World War II, when the U.S. Government prohibited residents of Japanese origin from living in California, she and her family were sent to internment camps, first briefly at Santa Anita Racetrack and then at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, where they remained for a year.  Then when her father was offered a position as an instructor in Japanese at the U.S. Navy Language School in Boulder, Colorado, the family moved to Boulder, remaining there until 1945, when they moved back to Sunnyvale.

Before WW II, Marion attended elementary school at the Highway Grammar School in Mountain View, California.  She continued her elementary education at Heart Mountain and started high school while in Boulder.  Upon returning home, she finished high school at Mountain View High – where she graduated with the Science Award in the Class of 1947. She then entered and graduated from Stanford University as a member of the class of 1951.  Subsequently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Biophysics, 1952, and her M.D. in 1956, both from Stanford.

At Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she entered and completed a Pediatric residency, followed by a Fellowship in Metabolic Diseases at the Stanford Medical School.

In 1962, she joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and practiced college student health at Cowell Medical Center on the Stanford Campus until 1974, where she had become the Associate Medical Director.

In 1974, she married Dr. Maurice M. Osborne, Jr. and moved to Los Angeles, where she practiced and served at the Medical Director at the University of Southern California’s Student Health Center, while her husband was the Executive Director of the Student Health Center at University of California, Los Angeles.  She and her husband retired together in 1981, and moved back to Los Altos Hills, where her husband died in 2007.

She is survived by two step-children, Nancy Osborne Almquist and Dr. Richard Watkins Osborne, and their five children.  A memorial service will be held at a future date.

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